Afghanistan takes action to prevent repeat measles outbreak

Four months since the end of the 1st phase of the emergency nationwide measles vaccination campaign, and WHO Afghanistan reports a notable decline in the number of measles cases. More than six million children between nine months and 10 years were vaccinated in July spanning 16 provinces, following a measles outbreak last year where 300 children died.

Afghanistan has committed to eliminate measles by the end of 2015. To help achieve that goal, the Ministry of Public Health, with support from WHO, is preparing to train health workers for the second phase of the measles vaccination campaign. They will fan out into the remote corners of the remaining 18 provinces to immunize children this month.

For a full report on Afghanistan’s immunization efforts see:

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